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I own a Classic Baltimore flamed grain mahogany desk with

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I own a Classic Baltimore flamed grain mahogany desk with Ionic carved full columns, amber birds-eye maple interior w/secret drawer and original brass Eagle pulls. It was purchased from the Estate of ***** ***** Swope and The Late Donald McCurdy Swope of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on April 2, 1995 at auction. The desk was used by the Swope family of attorneys before, during, and after the Civil War. This information has been documented. The desk has been attributed to John Needles but I am unsure where or how to look for any makers marks. One of the Swope attorneys served as Senator in his state. Could you give me any information on the value of the desk, qualified appraisers in the xxxxxxxxxxx, xx area that could confirm it is a John Needles desk, and how I can care for it. I put a thin coat of Old English Furniture Cleaner when we got the desk and have not put anything on it since then. I really could use your expertise in verifying authenticity and proper care of this historical piece. Thank You for any help you can give me. xxxxxxxxxx, (xxxx) xxx-xxxx
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.
How wonderful to have such a piece!
Please send me photos of the desk as well as the dimensions of the desk.
Kind regards,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If there will be an additional charge for the phone call, I would prefer to correspond privately by email.
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
There is an additional charge both by phone and private email. I havYe been doing some research. I now have some certified appraisers names - 2 in KY and 2 in MD.
Would you like to proceed here. I can provide what you need via Just Answer. You can ask customer service not to publish my answer if you wish.
Kind regards,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am not very knowledgeable on computers. I will need to have my friend help me. How do you suggest that I do this?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I realized that my last message was unclear. How do I send the photos you have requested.
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
To send photos you may use the "attach" or "add" link you see on your reply page.
If it is not there then you may use the free internet photo site Use the following instructions:
Go to
a. Click "Computer"
b. Find the photo file on your computer that you want to send
c. Click open on the file
d. You will see a Start Upload link on the page.
Click on it
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Kind regards,
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I will get those photos to you as soon as I can get a friend to help.
Expert:  Doris replied 2 years ago.
There is no hurry.
I look forward to receiving your photos.
Kind regards,